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Phillip Amen Biography As told to the newspaper reporter by Elva (Amen) Brady

"Scenes from the Past" from the Clayton, Illinois, Newspaper of 6 Nov 1980

Phillip Amen was born September 15th, 1808 in the Grandduchy of Hessen and his wife, Magdalen, nee Hagen was also born in the Grandduchy of Hessen April 21st, 1809. They were both of old German ancestry. Phillip Amen followed the same trade as his father, that of wagon maker, married in the old country, and four children were born there, George, Phillip, Isaac and Mary. During the early 1830's the family left Bremen on a sailing vessel and had a most eventful voyage of six weeks. The ship caught fire and passengers barely escaped destruction by that element in addition to many shocks and fears from the tempests of the sea. One son, Phillip, became ill on the voyage and died. He was then wrapped in canvas and dropped into the sea.
The ship finally landed its passengers at New Orleans where Mr. Amen purchased a span of black horses and a wagon. From there they followed the trails through the wilderness up the river to Quincy. In 1834 the Amens arrived in Siloam becoming one of the first settlers in that area. The district was rough, heavily timbered and contained much wild game. There were many deer, wild hogs and turkeys. Phillip Amen in selecting that part of the county had in mind plenty of timber which might be utilized by him in his trade as a wagon maker. The family suffered many hardships for the first three years with no doctors for the sick and only wild honey for sugar. At first there was little requirement for his services as a mechanic, but as the country settled there came a growing demand for the wagons made by Phillip Amen. These wagons were hand made throughout from the tongue to the endgate, and some of them literally lasted a lifetime. The manufacturer took a great deal of pride in all that he did, and the prosperity of his later years was thoroughly justified by the service he had rendered. His sons assisted him in their early lives, and the family, as a whole, acquired a great amount of valuable land, chiefly in the lower part of Concord Township, north of Kellerville.
Mr. Amen built a log cabin on the site of of the late Ollie Wear home. It was here that Francis, Joseph, John, Melvina, Katherine and Henry were born. There were two other children, but whether they died in infancy or soon thereafter is not known. The parents of Phillip Amen followed him to this country in 1849. They landed at New Orleans, and Phillip Sr., was almost at once stricken with the cholera, then epidemic in that city, and died there. His widow escaped and joined her son in Adams County, where she died only two years short of the century mark. She is buried in the Amen cemetery although the marker is no longer standing.
In their advanced years Mr. and Mrs. Amen moved to Kellerville occupying the home that was later known as the Otto Noftz residence. Mrs. Amen was reared a Catholic while Phillip was a Lutheran. They were both thrifty and hard working and also kindly and helpful factors in their community, lending the service in periods of distress. Phillip Amen responded to every call to assist neighbors and early settlers putting up their log cabins and other improvements requiring community cooperation. Mr. Amen gave each of his children eighty acres of land and also donated the land for the Amen cemetery. On May 12, 1885, he sold land to the inhabitants of District number 5 for $1.00 to be used for building the Amen school upon. "Lena" Amen as she was later called died August 21, 1885 and was buried in the Amen cemetery. Mr. Amen remarried, but lived only three months until his death November 25th, 1886. His second wife, against the childrens wishes, had him buried in the Jefferson cemetery.
Most of Phillip's children lived in Concord Township. One son, Francis M. was a good judge of land values and owned many different farms. At one time he owned 400 acres of the best land in Columbus Township located in sections 18 and 19. In the fall of 1913 he purchased a fine brick eight room home at 2845 Maine Street in Quincy. Francis married Marie Gruber who was born in the principality of Kurhessen, who came to this country in 1852. Her mother died in 1875, her father in 1883. Marie's father and mother were Herman and Anna M. (Blickhaun) Gruber, who spent their lives on their farm in Brown County. Francis and Marie Amen had eleven children, and one son, Lawrence, became the coroner of Adams County.
Phillip Amen was the grandfather of Elva Brady, Eva Balk, and Irvin Amen of Clayton, and Ila Marie Lawrence of Moline; the great-grandfather of Roy and Ray Brady of Clayton and Marian Ruth Lawrence of Metamora, and Henry Dwight Lawrence of Peoria Heights; the great-great grandfather of Freda Smith of Quincy, Margaret March and Carolyn June Amen of Clayton, and great-great-great grandfather of Chrystal and Bryan Smith of Quincy, Sharon Mueller of Quincy, Steve March of Normal, and Janet March of Clayton.

"More on Family of Phillip Amen" from the Clayton, Illinois, Newspaper of 27 Nov 1980

The recent article on Phillip Amen literally opened a Pandora's Box. The article was written between midnight and 2 a.m. which perhaps accounts for the first omission of some relatives. It is always appreciated when readers bring new insight on articles and let's hope that they will continue to correct any errors that may creep in.
Marilyn Pevehouse Sidwell and her children are most certainly descendents of Phillip Amen. Marilyn's mother, Margaret, was the daughter of Charles and Emma Amen and the granddaughter of Joseph and Martha Amen. Jospeh was of course, one of Phillip's children. Mrs. Sidwell's grandfather, Charles Amen was also the brother of Henry Amen, whose son, Irvin H. Amen, presently lives in Clayton.
The children and grandchildren of Irvin Amen and Eileen Cora Gorey Amen Maus of Boca Grande, Fla. are Irvin H. Amen Jr., and children, Angelique Anne, and Andrew Alan of Boca Grande, Fla.; Ada Mae Amen Stoughtengough of Tampa, Fla. and children, Cindy of Tampa, Janet King of Port Charlotte, Fla., Kathy of Oklahoma, and Roy Brady Stoughtenbough of Germany.
Irvin H. Amen Jr. visited me Sunday and expressed the opinion that the photograph was of Phillip Amen, Sr. who died of the cholera in 1849 when he arrived in New Orleans. This could very well have been for the photograph was reproduced from a daguerreotype, one of the earliest forms of photography which was first used in 1839. The age of Phillip Sr. would be about right, for Phillip Jr. was born in 1808. This would then mean that the picture was taken in Germany and would be one of the earliest prints using the technique of Louis J. M. Daguerre.
There are other descendents of Phillip Amen in the Quincy area and among his descendents are a priest and a nun. The Amen (Amann) family has a Coat of Arms which has been confirmed by the Sanson Institute of Heraldry in Boston, Mass.

Articles submitted by Scott Reed, GGG Grandson of Philip Amen.

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